Story and photos by Brendan Lutes

It's hard to argue that this year's Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series has been one of the most exciting in recent memory. The titles have been close, the racing even closer, and with only a few points separating Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey in the 450 class championship, things were set to get pretty interesting at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pennsylvania, this weekend. As it turned out, and in spite of the blistering heat, the racing in both classes didn't disappoint with an intense battle between Villopoto and Dungey, and a title being wrapped up in the 250 class.
After an intense first moto battle between Villopoto and Dungey that came down to the final lap with RV coming out victorious, Villopoto returned for the second outing to take the lead early and check out. The win padded his points lead to 14 points over Dungey, giving him breathing room heading into the final round at Pala Raceway next weekend.
In the 250 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson went 1-1 over the talent-packed field to clinch his first-even major championship one round early. It's also worth noting that he is only the third international rider to ever win the 250 Class AMA National Championship.

450 MOTO 1
The first moto of the day saw Villopoto take the holeshot, however, his lead was short lived as both Dungey and Factory Honda's Justin Barcia worked their way around the Kawasaki rider and into first and second respectively. Before the first lap was over, though, Villopoto managed to pass Barcia for second and quickly closed in on Dungey out front. From there, the two riders began playing a game of cat and mouse, as Dungey would open up a small lead only to have Villopoto close right back up on the Suzuki rider. In the midst of the battle, they also pulled out a monster gap over Barcia in third.
Meanwhile, Dungey's teammate Brett Metcalfe began to hunt down Barcia and by lap 10 had managed to make a pass stick to take over third. From there, the running order up front didn't change much—Villopoto and Dungey raced around all alone, while Metcalfe, Barcia, and TwoTwo Motorsports/Honda's Chad Reed did the same. Then on the last lap, things got intense between Dungey and Villopoto.
On the last lap, Dungey cased an uphill step up, allowing Villopoto to close the gap even further. Then in the final turn of the race, Villopoto made an aggressive pass around the Suzuki rider to take the win. Dungey finished second, Metcalfe third, Barcia fourth, and Reed fifth.

RESULTS:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
4. Justin Barcia (Hon)
5. Chad Reed (Hon)
6. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
8. Mike Alessi (KTM)
9. Kyle Regal (Suz)
10. Colton Facciotti

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450 MOTO 2
When the gate hit the dirt for the start of the second 450 class moto, Villopoto quickly jumped out to take the holeshot, but this time he never relinquished the lead position and began to pull away quickly. Behind him, Dungey took over second with Reed third. One lap into the race, though, things changed as Dungey spun out in a turn and allowed Reed to move into second. Dungey quickly rejoined the race in third, but it ultimately took him two more laps to get around Reed, and by that time, Villopoto had already opened up a nearly insurmountable lead. With that, the top-three running order never changed, as Dungey did his best to chip away at Villopoto's lead, but he just couldn't catch the Kawasaki rider's pace. Behind them, Reed held down third with Metcalfe in fourth.
When the checkered flag flew, Villopoto took a dominating win ahead of Dungey, Reed, Metcalfe, and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer. The win gave Villopoto a 14-point lead over Dungey heading into Pala next weekend.

RESULTS:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Chad Reed (Hon)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
5. Mike Alessi (KTM)
6. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
8. Kyle Regal (Suz)
9. Michael Byrne (Suz)
10. Nick Wey (Yam)

Overall
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
3. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
4. Chad Reed (Hon)
5. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
6. Mike Alessi (KTM)
7. Justin Brayton (Yam)
8. Kyle Regal (Suz)
9. Nick Wey (Yam)
10. Michael Byrne (Suz)
450 Class Championship Standings (After 11 of 12 rounds)

1. Ryan Villopoto (481/9 moto wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (467/5 moto wins)
3. Chad Reed (402/7 moto wins)
4. Brett Metcalfe (342)
5. Mike Alessi (272)
6. Jake Weimer (251)
7. Andrew Short (196)
8. Kevin Windham 193)
9. Justin Brayton (191)
10. Davi Millsaps (173)


250 MOTO 1

The start of the first 250 class race saw Wilson take the holeshot followed by Geico Honda's Jimmy Decotis, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Ryan Sipes, and Geico Honda's Justin Bogle. Before the first lap was over, however, Decotis went down and Bogle managed to climb his way up to second pushing Sipes to third and Tomac to fourth. As the laps ticked off, Wilson began to open up a lead over Bogle, as the rookie racer dropped off the pace slightly, allowing his teammate Tomac to take over second on lap eight. Then three laps later, a hard-charging Red Bull KTM rider, Marvin Musquin, managed to move into third ahead of Bogle while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyla Rattray attempted to close the gap on Musquin, but it would prove to be too little too late. When the checkered flag flew, Wilson took the win followed by Tomac, Musquin, and Rattray.

RESULTS:
1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
5. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
6. Justin Bogle (Hon)
7. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
8. Malcolm Stewart (Suz)
9. Darryn Durham (Hon)
10. Alex Martin (Hon)

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250 MOTO 2
When the 250 class thundered into the first turn, it was Tomac who jumped out to the early lead ahead of first-moto winner Wilson, French rider Musquin, and Eleven10Mods/Honda privateer Alex Martin. It didn't take long for Wilson to move into the lead, though, as he did so on lap five. With that, Wilson pulled out to a comfortable lead over Tomac and never looked back.
Behind Wilson, Tomac held down second with Musquin third and Rattray fourth. For Wilson, however, Rattray had to finish off the podium in order for the Scotsman to clinch the championship one round early. As the laps ticked off, Rattray did his best to catch the KTM rider, but it was to no avail. Wilson took home the win, overall, and championship; Tomac finished second, with Musquin third and Rattray fourth. As for the overall, it was exactly the same as the moto finishing order—all four riders finished in the same position in both motos.

RESULTS:
1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
5. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
6. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
7. Alex Martin (Hon)
8. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
9. Martin Davalos (Suz)
10. Justin Bogle (Hon)

Overall
1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
5. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
6. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
7. Justin Bogle (Hon)
8. Alex Martin (Hon)
9. Martin Davalos (Suz)
250 Class Championship Standings (After 11 of 12 rounds)

1. Dean Wilson (488/9 moto wins)*
2. Tyla Rattray (436/4 moto wins)
3. Blake Baggett (427/8 moto wins)
4. Eli Tomac (290)
5. Kyle Cunningham (283)
6. Gareth Swanepoel (270/1 moto win)
7. Broc Tickle (236)
8. Martin Davalos (197)
9. Alex Martin (195)
10. Justin Barcia (181)


WMX RACING

Two motos of good racing highlighted the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women's Motocross Championship during the second-to-last round of the series. In both motos, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Jessica Patterson took dominating wins ahead of the entire field. Factory Honda's Ashley Fiolek managed to grab the holeshot in both motos, but in both races was quickly overtaken, ultimately finishing third and second in the two motos, respectively. Behind the two championship contenders in the overall, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Tarah Gieger went 2-3 for third overall. Heading into the final round at Pala Raceway, Fiolek holds a 22-point lead over Patterson.

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Overall
1. Jessica Patterson (Yam)
2. Ashley Fiolek (Hon)
3. Tarah Gieger (Hon)
4. Mariana Balbi (Yam)
5. Jacqueline Strong (KTM)
6. Vicki Golden (Kaw)
7. Kasie Creson (Hon)
8. Sayaka Kaneshiro (Suz)
9. Alexah Pearson (KTM)
10. Sarah Whitmore (KTM)
250 Class Championship Standings (After 7 of 8 rounds)

1. Ashley Fiolek (321/5 moto wins)
2. Jessica Patterson (299/9 moto wins)
3. Tarah Geiger (268)
4. Jacqueline Strong (195)
5. Kasie Creson (180)
6. Vicki Golden (171)
7. Marissa Markelon (168)
8. Alexah Pearson (161)
9. Sayaka Kaneshiro (140)
10. Lindsey Palmer (137)